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    Cabin in the woods with no internet or cell service. A little piece of heaven.

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  1. eBay and Amazon pretend to care about counterfeit and shoddy merchandise but only react when their backs are to the wall. They allow it because they make a lot of money allowing companies on their sites to sell these goods. Another reason to support your local brick and mortar stores as well as trusted online retailers.
  2. Shoes - Adidas Tour Boost - I have four pairs I rotate, fit well and I like the stability. Socks - Darn Tough - I look for the highest wool content, my feet might sweat but I don’t know until I take my shoes off. Wear these for golf as well as casual wear. Lifetime warranty against wear, put Smartwool to shame. Available in different sizes. Shirts - I have tried to stay with cotton but availability of quality cotton shirts with a slim fit has become almost impossible to find. I don’t want to pay $300+ for a golf shirt. I tried some performance fabrics from Travis Mathew, Puma (sized down and still baggy), Galvin Green and J Lindeberg. All other brands fit like a tent. Tried the new shirts over the winter when practicing and combination of best fit and most comfortable when sweating was J Lindeberg. Ordered some some through their website when they were blowing out 2019 models and average price shipped to my door was around $70 Canadian. We’ll see how they are on the course this summer.
  3. I put a watch on every morning and take it off every night. I don’t carry a phone unless I am going out of town in case of an emergency but keep it turned off. Rarely gets turned on. I own four mechanical watches for different formality levels of dress. Also have a gshock for activities where I would destroy watches in the past. Prefer no functions other than to tell time.
  4. The survey should have another option for each question (none of the above). The only question that the options fit for me to answer was number 4. The other questions options did not apply. The survey does not seem to accept being submitted without all questions being answered. This will either force people to pick an option even if it does not apply or limit the people who can submit it to those who have purchased DTC in the past due to question 1.
  5. DTC is not an option for me, I will not purchase any golf club without getting fit. I have been very happy with the clubs I was fit for 2 years ago except the 2 clubs I did not actually get to try out first (driving iron and putter). Ordered both clubs to what the fitter and I thought should work for me but both clubs ended up left at home. I have even found the weight of the grip makes a difference how I feel where the club head is during my swing. This is where I see a big hurdle for the DTC companies. People will be interested in the lower price but there will be more risk. If I lived near Sub70 or Ben Hogan and I could get fit there or a trusted local fitter I would be interested in either brand. As it stands now, even with the demo of a best guess trial club I am still not interested. For me a proper fitting process keeps me from wondering if something else is better and that peace of mind is worth the extra cost.
  6. Being in Canada free returns are more likely from suppliers in Europe the the US. I rely on reviews to help confirm details on the item being sold. Do not want to waste my time or the suppliers. If I believe the reviews are being edited I can no longer trust the supplier and will no longer purchase from them.
  7. I have had three putter fittings over the years. First was on a SAM system about nine years ago. Stroke was good and nothing beat out my current putter, only changed the grip. Second was 2 years ago at TXG using quintic. I went in wanting to try Evnroll putters since I would be crazy not to take advantage of the groove technology. Theire were numerous models but the ones I tried could not be adjusted to meet my specs (lie was too flat) since they did not have a hosel. I ordered the putter to the specs I would need to get over the ball in my stance. The putter ended up being a pull machine in my hands. I kept at it for a year and a half but finally gave up on it. All my fault as I did not go into the fitting with an open mind and tried to force myself into a putter that I thought would be best. Lesson learned. Third fitting was a few weeks ago at TXG again. Had the fitting with John whose knowledge of the putting stroke is exceptional. We talked about my putting and misses which tend to be short and slightly to the right. It turns out I have developed a hitch in my stroke of straight back and through but inside out at the same time. Pushing the ball to the right while cutting across at impact resulting in inconsistent distance, mainly short. Maybe an overcompensation from my last putter. John showed me some things to get my stroke back to a slight arc which helped with my consistency.I have been practicing and will wait a few more weeks before going back and see if another putter can replace mine. I believe everyone should have a putter fitting but always go in without preconceived notions of what you want. Work with the fitter to find out what you really need.
  8. Pleats are on their way back in style for men’s dress pants so only a matter of time before you will see them on the golf course. Fashion has to change to keep people buying new things they don’t really need.
  9. For what you could pay for a new driver spending $200+ for a high quality leather head over could seem like a bargain. Also consider the headcover will probably outlast numerous drivers over its lifespan.
  10. For the most part I don’t bother with the stock market. In Canada we have RRSPs which are similar to a 401K which gives huge tax savings used properly. These are like free money but I only invest in the 5 Canadian national banks since they are recession proof (1988) and always pay dividends. My main investments are land and properties since I am a long term safe investor. But to answer your question I never feel dirty or like I cheated when an investment I have made pays off. If I do my research and due diligence before making the investment why should I not prosper from it. This goes back to betting on myself in the ability to make sound, informed decisions.
  11. I buy the odd lottery ticket but down deep I don’t want to win. Always believed in never asking or taking anything from anybody, I would succeed or fail based on my own merits. Receiving something based on no skill or hard work feels a bit like cheating to me, I would rather work for it. I am closing in on 50 and have enough to live a pretty good life and give my kids a head start in life without working another day. Plan to keep working until I die, just take more time off as I get older. The time spent doing the things I enjoy like golf, fishing or reading a book are special because I look forward to them while working. Spending time with family and friends means more because we can’t do it all the time. Things in life never mean as much if they come too easy.
  12. My home course is hilly, even in the fairways, so lateral stability is a must. I have found Adidas Tour Boost to be the best for me. I have four pairs I rotate through when playing and practice. I even purchased a pair of spikeless for indoor winter practise so there is consistency.
  13. I always carry so the bag is of utmost importance. If the bag does not have full length dividers I will not consider it. Club tangle is a huge annoyance. Drink pocket needs to be designed for easy access while walking. I don’t worry about a cooler pocket as I use an insulated cup. Access to another pocket while walking for my range finder allows me to be ready when I reach my ball. Also prefer a flat pocket to keep extra gloves.
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